Kathy Bates is an American actress and director.
Let’s find out some interesting facts about her!
1. Kathleen Doyle Bates was born June 28, 1948 in Memphis, Tennessee.
2. She was the youngest of three daughters of mechanical engineer Langdon Doyle Bates and homemaker Bertye Kathleen (née Talbert; 1907–1997).
3. Her paternal grandfather was lawyer and author Finis L. Bates. One of her Irish great-great-grandfathers, who immigrated to New Orleans, Louisiana, served as President Andrew Jackson’s doctor.
4. She graduated early from White Station High School (1965) and from Southern Methodist University (1969), where she majored in Theatre and became a member of the Alpha Delta Pi sorority.
5. She moved to New York City in 1970 to pursue an acting career.
6. Bates began her career on the stage, and was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Lead Actress in a Play in 1983 for her performance in ‘night, Mother.
7. She rose to prominence with her performance in Misery (1990), for which she won the Academy Award for Best Actress and Golden Globe Award for Best Actress.
8. She followed this with major roles in Fried Green Tomatoes (1991) and Dolores Claiborne (1995), before playing a featured role as Molly Brown in Titanic (1997), which was at the time the highest grossing film of all time.
9. Bates’ television work has resulted in 14 Emmy Award nominations, two of which were for her starring role on the television series Harry’s Law, and most recently a win for her highly praised appearance in the third season of FX horror-thriller series American Horror Story, where she portrayed the real life socialite Madame Marie Delphine LaLaurie.
10. She won another Emmy Award in 2012 for her portrayal of the ghost of Charlie Harper on CBS comedy series Two and a Half Men, a role formerly portrayed by Charlie Sheen.
11. Bates was married to Tony Campisi for six years from 1991 until their divorce in 1997.
12. Bates has successfully battled ovarian cancer since her diagnosis in 2003.
13. In September 2012, she revealed via Twitter that she had been diagnosed with breast cancer two months earlier and had undergone a double mastectomy.
14. In 2014, at the New York Walk for Lymphedema & Lymphatic Diseases, Bates announced via pre-recorded audio that, due to the double mastectomy, she has lymphedema in both arms.
15. At that time, Bates became the National Spokesperson for the Lymphatic Education & Research Network (LE&RN) and has been actively involved in lymphedema and lymphatic disease advocacy.